Heaven in a dish.  No joke!  This recipe has been touted by many to be the best homemade vanilla ice cream recipe out there and while this was the first vanilla ice cream I’ve ever made, I can honestly say that I adore it.  If you haven’t yet explored the world of making homemade ice cream, what are you waiting for?  David Lebovitz’s The Perfect Scoop provides some wonderful insight into the art of making ice cream with tried and true recipes (for ice cream, sorbets, gelato and mix-ins and vessels like ice cream cones) and a full introductory chapter on the science of making ice cream.  It’s really an incredible book and I’m so thankful this was the one I chose to accompany me on my homemade ice cream making journey.

The recipe is straight forward, using a custard base.  If a custard-based ice cream is new to you, the process is very close to how one would make custard: heating the milk and sugar and then tempering the eggs into the hot mixture.  It’s a rather simple process and if you, like me, end up slightly cooking the eggs, don’t panic; you press the mixture through a sieve and any lumps will work their way out.

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To serve with this delectable delight, I popped open the jar of dulce de leche that I had been saving for a special occasion…and boy was this a good choice for vanilla ice cream.  So good in fact, that I prefer it over hot fudge or peanut butter sauce…and that’s saying a lot!


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Vanilla Ice Cream

source: David Lebovitz, The Perfect Scoop

  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 vanilla bean, split in half lengthwise
  • 6 large egg yolks
  • 3/4 tsp vanilla extract
  1. Warm the milk, sugar, 1 cup of the cream, and salt in a medium saucepan.  Scrape the seeds from the vanilla bean into the warm milk and add the bean into the warm milk and add the bean as well.  Cover, remove from the heat, and let steep at room temperature for 30 minutes.
  2. Pour the remaining 1 cup cream into a large bowl and set a mesh strainer on top.  In a separate medium bowl, whisk together the egg yolks.  Slowly pour the warm mixture into the egg yolks, whisking constantly, then scrape the warmed egg yolks back into the saucepan.
  3. Stir the mixture constantly over medium heat with a heatproof spatula, scraping the bottom as you stir, until the mixture thickens and coats the spatula.  Pour the custard through the strainer and stir it into the cream.  Put the vanilla bean into the custard, add the vanilla extract, and stir until cool over an ice bath.
  4. Chill the mixture thoroughly in the refrigerator.  When ready to churn, remove the vanilla bean, rinsing and reserving it for another use, and then freeze the mixture in your ice cream maker according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
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  • September 2, 2009 at 8:42 AM

    Gorgeous job and that dulce de leche looks fantastic!

  • September 3, 2009 at 10:56 AM

    I need to make some ice cream, I was on a kick making it weekly for a while and have slacked, this weekend I am making some!

  • September 3, 2009 at 4:19 PM

    I’m not sure there is anything better then dulce de leche. It just makes me happy from the moment I make it to the moment I put it on nearly everything.

  • TasteStopping
    September 3, 2009 at 8:31 PM

    I made raspberry ice cream this summer, using puree of raspberries from our garden. Though the taste was phenomenal, there was a gummy residue left on the spoon after each bite. What’ that about? Perhaps it’s time to investigate Mr. Lebovitz’s tome on ice cream and sort things out! That dulce de leche looks sinful. 🙂

    Anyway, I found you through TasteSpotting and am writing to say that if you have any photos that aren’t accepted there, I’d love to publish them. Visit my new site (below), it’s a lot of fun! I hope you will consider it.


  • September 6, 2009 at 6:27 AM

    I’ve heard so much about this lovely ice cream book and am so annoyed I’ve just missed getting it for the summer season here! The picture of the dulce de leche jar had my mouth watering – it all looks so delicious! Pure dulce de leche ice cream is one of my favourites, you should try it sometime 🙂

  • chris
    September 29, 2009 at 9:31 PM

    I am also wondering why sometimes I get a gummy residue on the spoon from my homemade ice cream

  • Chloe
    May 20, 2010 at 3:17 AM

    I would love to make my own icecream but dont have an Icecream machine, would it still work with out it?